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I just got back from a quick trip up to the States. I went up to Washington on the fifth of June because my parents celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on the sixth. The seventh and eighth I hung around Washington and bought a few items requested by other friars in Peru. On the ninth I flew from Baltimore up to Albany for an Assembly held by my province on the topic of Globalization. It was a wonderful time with over four hundred participants, including over 100 friars. It was held at Siena College in Albany, NY. (You can view pictures by Octavio Duran, OFM and/or Jud Weiksnar, OFM.) At the Assembly I gave a reflection (see the following two posts) and, with another friar, gave a workshop on Globalization and Technology.

On the 12th I drove down to Callicoon, NY to give a Mission Call (i.e., beg for money at the masses) at our parish there. On the 13th I drove down to the Bronx to drop off a car I had borrowed, and I spent Sunday night there. On the 14th I took the train back to DC, and on the 16th I flew back to Lima. It was a good time, but it was busy.

It was nice to see summer in the north again. Compared to Lima, which is a desert and therefore very brown, it was delightful to the wonderful green of the mid-Atlantic states. And there was even some rain!

I was one of four people asked to give a five to ten minute reflection at the Globalization Assembly. The woman who went ahead of me went on for over twenty minutes and I could see that people were getting tired. I decided therefore to present only the first half of what I had prepared. What follows in the next post is the reflection that I gave. In the following post I’ve included the material I prepared but ended up not presenting.

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